13:15 Ayr Sun 19 January 2020
Changed hands for £20,000 in August 2019; kept on strongly to win unchallenged (by 12L) from the reopposing Skiddaw Tara on rules debut at Carlisle (3m1f maiden, soft) five weeks ago; is penalised accordingly.
Sold to the McNeill Family for £100,000 in December 2019; rallied under pressure to repel the challenge of Atlantic Shore at Cork (3m maiden, soft) the following month; this race provides an ideal opportunity to double-up under the incurred penalty.
Has ability (as shown in bumpers); mixed fortunes over hurdles at this track with the form book indicating he has plenty of work to do with Skiddaw Tara; finished 12½L third to Marown over 2m4½f here (soft) 17 days ago; new trip.
Had appeared to be steadily progressive until thwarted by the now penalised Empire Steel at Carlisle (3m1f maiden, soft) five weeks ago; conditions are expected to prove similarly testing here.
Geordieland gelding; didn't jump well and was eventually pulled-up on hurdles debut at Kelso (2m, heavy) last week; this is a swift turnaround in a similarly competitive novice (new trip); look elsewhere with confidence.
Fell on hurdles debut (in the process of running well); has run to a similar standard of form in making the frame on both subsequent starts, including when beaten 9L by Young Bull at Wetherby (2m5½f, soft); new trip helpful.
Joined Lucinda Russell for £45,000 in May 2019; took a marked step forward from her hurdles/stable debut when keeping on well to beat Kauto D'Amour by 1¼L at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) six weeks ago; this looks much more competitive.
Last Year's Winner
|T: G McPhersonJ: Kielan Woods|
Escaria Ten (4/6), Empire Steel (9/4), Western Aussie (14/1), Skiddaw Tara (20/1), Portstorm (33/1), Calle Malva (50/1), St Basil (250/1)
- Escaria Ten
- Empire Steel
- Western Aussie
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